My stash of whole dried Mexican peppers has run dangerously low and I've been meaning to pay a visit to The Maxwell Street Pepper Lady for a few weeks, but can't seem to get up early enough. I like to get to Maxwell by, at least, 8am. So I paid a visit to Carniceria Guanajuato this afternoon.
In addition to a full service Mexican grocery with a nice selection of produce, excellent selection of fresh meat and an ok selection of dry goods, Guanajuato has carnitas, chicharron and a counter where they serve tacos, tortas, Mexican coke and horchata. On the weekend barbacoa, menudo and posole.
I've been going for years and have pretty much tried all the taco combinations and prepared meats, but today the two tacos I had seemed, somehow, just a little bit better than I remembered. The chorizo was absolutely greaseless, while still being quite flavorful and had a not quite in-your-face heat. The lengua was melt-in-your-mouth tender and incredibly flavorful.
Washed down with Mexican coke lunch came to $4.50 plus a propina for the guys. $2 for the lengua, $1.50 for the chorizo and $1 for the coke, tax included. In addition to the tacos being a cut or two above today, they also seemed to have more meat than in past visits, I wonder if they have a new chef manning the grill.
Since the tacos were so delicious I decided to buy a pound of carnitas for dinner. Guanajuanto provides tongs and a sharp knife to choose your own pieces, perfect as my wife enjoys more traditional cuts, whereas I like a little variety in my carnitas. Fix'ns for fresh salsa, tortillas, queso fresco and, just for good measure, a small container of crema. Is it dinner time yet? (smile)
Guanajuanto is next door to Taqueria Traspasada which has quite good goat consomme on the weekends. Seth has posted about Taqueria Traspasada, but damn if I can find his past post. I hope Chowhound does something about their search capabilities soon.
3140 N California
Chicago, IL. 60618
3144 N California
Chicago, IL 60618
Open 7 days